Important Places

11:30 - 19 January, 2012

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What are the important places, the places that define who you are?

In 1969, when my father was at war overseas, my mother and I were on the front porch of our 1910 Bungalow in Kansas. The wind pushed my toys over the edge and into the grass. My mother was leaning on the railing, talking quietly to our neighbor. I crawled across the painted wood and reached through the rail and felt the soft tops of the wheat-colored grass.

In 1970, I walked into a dark bedroom and stood at the foot of my Grandfather’s bed. I reached through the rail to touch the top of the quilt my Great Grandmother had made. I watched the quilt rise and fall with his breathing.

In 1971, I placed my hands and feet on opposite sides of the door casing at my Grandmother’s house. As soon as the “grown-ups” were paying attention, I climbed to the top of the frame and reached up to touch the ceiling.

more places from coffee with an architect after the break

Lebbeke Apartment Building / Weysen & De Baere Architects

11:00 - 19 January, 2012
© Atelier Carbon
© Atelier Carbon

Weysen & De Baere Architects shared with us their design for an apartment building in Flanders, Belgium which includes four units and an office on the ground floor. The construction site exists of two parcels, lying back to back, each with its own entrance from the street. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hiroshi Senju Museum / Ryue Nishizawa

09:50 - 19 January, 2012
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan, who has photographed many well-known architectural works, many which have been featured on ArchDaily, recently shot the Hiroshi Senju Museum, designed by Tokyo based architect Ryue Nishizawa who won the Pritzker Prize in 2010 and is known for his works of various scales throughout Japan.. The museum opened in October 2011 and possesses around 100 works by Hiroshi, a Japanese painter known for his large scale waterfall paintings. More photos of the museum can be viewed after the break and the complete photoset in Iwan’s website.

Update: National Mall Phase Three / Weiss/Manfredi + OLIN

09:00 - 19 January, 2012

As we have shared previously on AD, Washington DC’s National Mall – America’s most visited national park with over 25 million visitors a year- is undergoing a total restoration.  The $700 million project will be the first major renovation in over 35 years, and will focus on three sites of the Mall: Union Square, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and the Constitution Gardens.  During an intensive three part competition, the jury first evaluated scores of portfolios to select up to eight designers per site; conducted team interviews to narrow the site designers to five; and finally, during Phase Three, the jury will hold a design competition for each site.  We have just been notified by Weiss/Manfredi and OLIN that their team has been chosen to develop two of the three sites; no small feat for a competition that began with over 1,2000 designers.   The multidisciplinary team of architecture, landscape and planning designers will develop proposals for both the Monument Grounds and the Constitution Gardens.  We are excited to see what the team will develop, and we will keep you updated on the other Phase Three finalists and their proposals as we hear more.

Green Solution House / 3XN

04:00 - 19 January, 2012
Courtesy of 3XN
Courtesy of 3XN

Danish practice 3XN is the architect behind ‘Green Solution House’, a new experimental conference center and hotel, where everything is adapted to the circulation of nature and where guests will get an idea of how it feels to live in a world without waste. Located on the Danish island of Bornholm, it is designed and developed in accordance with the principles of Cradle 2 Cradle®. This means that all materials used in the building are either fully recyclable or biodegradable. Hence, the building design takes on the ambition to eliminate the concept of waste. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Childcare Centre Maria Enzersdorf / MAGK illiz

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
© Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hochstraß, Austria
  • Architects

    MAGK+illiz architektur
  • Project Architects

    Günter Klein, Sabrina Peters, Martin Aichholzer, Petra Schlömer, Stefanie Wögrath
  • Staff Team

    Karin Gutmann, Jiri Koten, Rosemarie Lebzeltern, Christian Eibensteiner, Stefan Kehrer
  • Area

    9554.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

    Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus +29

PANalytical / DHV architects

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
© René de Wit
© René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit +8

Bookshop And Coffee Bar / Plural + Totalstudio

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
Courtesy of Plural, Totalstudio
Courtesy of Plural, Totalstudio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Architects

    Martin Jančok, AlešŠedivec
  • Graphicdesign

    Marcel Benčík
  • Structural Engineering

    Geostat
  • Client

    Ladon, s.r.o.
  • Carpenter

    Treeman
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Plural, Totalstudio

Courtesy of Plural, Totalstudio Courtesy of Plural, Totalstudio Courtesy of Plural, Totalstudio Courtesy of Plural, Totalstudio +20

Osthang / Daniel Fagerberg Arkitekter

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
© PederSundström
© PederSundström

© PederSundström © PederSundström © PederSundström © PederSundström +25

Social Housing In Toulouse / PPA

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toulouse, France
  • Collaborators

    Isabelle Fabre, Guillaume Calsou
  • Landscaping

    Quinconces
  • Structure Engineer

    Bernadberoy
  • Fluids Engineer

    Ceercé
  • Hqe Engineer

    Franck Boutté
  • Client /Developer

    Habitat Toulouse
  • Economist

    Alayrac
  • Area

    5.3 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +10

Multifunctional Building / BDG Architects

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
© BDG Architecten
© BDG Architecten

© BDG Architecten © BDG Architecten © BDG Architecten © BDG Architecten +12

Wolzak / SeARCH

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

  • Project Team

    Bjarne Mastenbroek, Ad Bogerman
  • Interior Design

    Kluster V.O.F., Purmerend, The Netherlands
  • Assistants

    Elke Demyttenaere, Remco Wieringa w/ Nienke Bouwhuis, Gert Jan Machiels, Dagmar Niecke, Geert Vennix
  • Client

    Anonymous
  • Contractor

    BAM utiliteitsbouw, Arnhem
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +17

Kanayama Community Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
© Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi

© Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi +9

Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
Courtesy of JWest Productions
Courtesy of JWest Productions

Courtesy of JWest Productions Courtesy of JWest Productions Courtesy of JWest Productions Courtesy of JWest Productions +12

House In Svitavy / OV-A

01:00 - 19 January, 2012
  • Architects

  • Location

    568 02 Svitavy, Czech Republic
  • Head Architects

    Jiri Opocensky, Stepan Valouch
  • Structural Engineering

    Jan Pohl
  • Site area

    816 m2
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0

House In Svitavy / OV-A House In Svitavy / OV-A House In Svitavy / OV-A House In Svitavy / OV-A +11

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens New Wing Today / Renzo Piano

01:00 - 19 January, 2012

Architectural Dialogues / Sasha Waltz

19:00 - 18 January, 2012

Architectural Dialogues is a film by Sasha Waltz shot in the unconventional setting of three museums and cultural centers:  Neues Museum in Berlin designed by David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian HarrapMAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid and the Jewish Museum in Berlin designed by Daniel Libeskind.

More on the film with trailers after the break!

Diller Scofidio + Renfro selected to transform the center of Aberdeen

15:00 - 18 January, 2012
View from Rosemount Viaduct - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards
View from Rosemount Viaduct - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards

Aberdeen City Garden Trust has announced Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) as winner of the international design competition that will transform the center of Aberdeen. The New York City based firm will be working with the Scottish practice Keppie Design and Philadelphia landscape architects OLIN. The “rich and varied” shortlist included Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, Gustafson Porter, Mecanoo, Snøhetta & Hoskins and West 8. After an extended run-off between DS+R and Foster + Partners, the Aberdeen City Garden competition will be DS+R’s first major win in a European design competition.

Continue reading for more!

Existing Site - Images courtesy of Aberdeen City Garden Project Existing Site - Images courtesy of Aberdeen City Garden Project The Diamond - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards The Forum - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards +14